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Arduino Day 2015 – ‘Awkward Arcade’ Hackday

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Arduino Day 2015 – ‘Awkward Arcade’ Hackday

Arduino Day 2015 – ‘Awkward Arcade’ Hackday

Title: Arduino Day 2015 – ‘Awkward Arcade’ Hackday

Location: MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN

Date: 28-03-2015
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 18:00

Description: Saturday March 28th is Arduino Day (https://day.arduino.cc) , an international celebration of the open source electronics platform that has opened the door to electronics engineering and physical computing to creative minds everywhere.

Arduino Manchester will be celebrating by playfully re-thinking interactivity and games controllers. Based around a concept dubbed the ‘Awkward Arcade’ by organiser James Medd, the aim of the day is to come up with creative, bizarre, or potentially anti-intuitive ways to play the games we’ve come to know and love.

We’ll have a box of things to play with on the day, but any parts, components, games, emulators or anything that you think might help would be a wonderful addition to the day. We’d also love to live-stream the event if anyone wants to help with that!

Examples of projects done in the past:

‘Mr. Cool’ – Tekken Piano Controller:
The TekkenPiano

Javier Lloret – Puzzle Facade:
Puzzle Facade

James Medd – orientation-sensitive Pac-Man
Awkward Arcade: motion-controller for Pac-Man

Ian Sharp – Cyclepong (not actually Arduino, but certainly applicable):


Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
CRIT group

CRIT group

Title: CRIT Group

This event has been postponed until a later date. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Location: MadLab

Description: Creative Reflection and Investigation Talk Group is an informal network for local artists and designers. This new group meets about once a month with the aim of facilitating a pooling of professional skills and knowledge to provide motivation, support and social contact for those pursuing a creative (visual) practice in Manchester.

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2015-03-25
End Time: 21:00

NS Manchester

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
NS Manchester

NS Manchester

Title: NS Manchester

Location: MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN

Description: iPhone and Mac developer monthly meetup in Manchester, UK.

Date: 04-05-2015
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

MCR Game Jam

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
MCR GameJam

MCR GameJam

Title: MCR Game Jam

Description: Are you a coder, artist or audio designer interested in videogame design? Or, are you a gamer who’s curious about how videogames are put together? If so, we’d like to invite you to come join us for the next Manchester Game Jam!

Dates: Saturday 18-04-2015 & Sunday 19-03-2015
From 09:00 to 18:00 each day

Get a ticket over at Eventbrite



Once again we’re throwing a weekend-long Game Jam to coincide with the LUDUM DARE online Jam. If you’re taking part in the Dare then we’re inviting you to come and Jam here instead of hiding away in your bedroom, and if you’re not doing the Dare then we’ll be running an informal Jam all weekend too (probably using the Ludum Dare theme though, so we’re all on the same page)

For our Jam solo and groups are both A-OK, and it doesn’t even have to be a videogame: if board games or anything else is more your bag, that’s cool too. Our only rule is: you have to show your game off at the end!

PLEASE NOTE: we’re open both days from 9am until 6pm, we are not open overnight! If you’re travelling to Manchester then let us know if you need a hand with sleeping arrangements :)

UNDER-16 POLICY: we warmly welcome under 16′s at our Jam, but they absolutely must be supervised by a parent or guardian for the entirety of the event. Unattended children will be taught FORTRAN and released into the wild.

For more info, drop us an email: MCRgamejam@gmail.com
or, you can follow us on Twitter: @MCRgamejam



I’m not a programmer, will I be any use at the Jam?
Absolutely! We’re encouraging a really diverse group of people: artists, designers, audio people and everyone in between. Most of our games are videogames, but in the past we’ve had board games and all sorts pop up. Go nuts!

What are the rules?
Rules? Pah! No rules for us. We’ll announce a theme beforehand, but apart from that you can do what you like. Our only request is that at the end of the Jam you show everyone what you’ve been working on.

Is there a winner?
Nah. We’re in it for the games, the learning, and the fun. Let’s be honest: you’re all winners at our Jam.

Do I need to bring a computer?
If you’re making a digital/computer game, then yes please: we don’t have any machines. We usually have some other fun stuff happening (board games, pervasive gaming), but generally most folks will be making videogames. There’s high-speed WiFi and lots of plug sockets, but you’ll need your own machine.

Who owns the games that get made?
You do! We usually share the finished games online, and we’re encouraging people to share their code too: looking at how people have built stuff is all part of the fun. Ownership of anything goes to the creator of the game, but sharing is caring, right?

Can I participate remotely?
For this event, no. It’s a hands-on, group event. Join us!

I don’t have a ticket, can I come anyway?
If we’re not sold out, you can pay on the door. Check the Eventbrite link on this page, or give us a shout!

I have a ticket, but now I can’t make it. What do I do?
Please let us know, so we can refund you and give someone else your ticket. Demand was high, so we don’t want to waste any tickets!

Matttech Modular presents: WMDevices Modular Synth Workshop

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Matttech Modular presents: WMDevices Modular Synth Workshop

Matttech Modular presents: WMDevices Modular Synth Workshop

Title: Matttech Modular presents: WMDevices Modular Synth Workshop

Location: MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN

Description: Matttech Modular is proud to present a modular synthesizer workshop, featuring William Mathewson from WMDevices, makers of exquisite and intriguing Eurorack Synthesizer modules. With names like the “Geiger Counter” and “Micro Hadron Collider”, it’s safe to say that WMD’s devices are at the more experimental end of things. These are truly innovative designs, which really push the envelope in terms of functionality and patch-ability.

Whet your appetite at the following location: http://www.wmdevices.com

Date: 22-04-2015
From 19:30 to 21:30
Entry: Free

About the workshop: William from WMD will be doing a workshop at Madlab on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:30PM. The workshop will feature topics on the design philosophy of WMD modules, basics of modern sound generation, the DIY to production line manufacturing evolution, and of course crazy noises and patching!

Who’s it for? For anyone with even a passing interest in synthesis, DIY electronics, modular synths or the manufacturing of such devices, this workshop is essential viewing. WMDevices modules will be on demo, as will the entire new range from William’s collaboration with Steady Steady Fate, another respected Eurorack designer.

About Matttech Modular: Matttech Modular is the North of England’s first Eurorack Modular Synth store, and will be putting on regular workshops in Manchester in order to hopefully expand the scene, and introduce people to new and exciting products. The website should be online by the end of March, but in the meantime, please connect with us at: